Military leaders: We're still too fat to fight
September 26th, 2012
02:16 PM ET

Military leaders: We're still too fat to fight

By CNN's Jacque Wilson

One in four young adults are too overweight to join the U.S. military, a new report from the advocacy group Mission: Readiness says. And the U.S. Department of Defense spends an estimated $1 billion each year on medical care related to obesity issues for active duty members, their dependents and veterans.


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  1. robbie

    agree with brian. i am also in the military 9 good years. and a lot of the people i have met who are overweight are the officer. right now i know a commander who is overweight and flagged for an apft failure.yes enlisted has an issue too but but Militar leaders to say we are too fat to fight is rediculous. I am very proud of our service members and what we have done and accomplished in the war. the armys ht/wt standard is stupi as well. i am 6'2 215 pounds am I fat? i think not. i pass my tape and PT test but im still over my max weight through the army standards.

    October 25, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
  2. RobM

    So... The problem with childhood obesity is that they cant fight wars efficiently?

    October 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  3. brian

    I am in the Military and if leaders are saying we are to fat to fight the might want to look at so of the people that are commanders and higher because that is where most of the fat ones are. Most of the guys that do the fighting and the hard work that are over weight can still do their job so back off the enlisted one and start at the top.

    September 27, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
  4. Liberace; America's Greatest American

    Too fat to even be of any use as cannon fodder. Hilarious.

    September 26, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
  5. TMan

    Let me guess, now we're going too wage a 'war on fat'.

    September 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply

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